The Coast News Group

SANDAG offering grants to schools

REGION — A total of $30,000 in grant funding is available to local schools and school districts to help fund programs that encourage students to walk or bike to school, or educate youngsters about pedestrian and bike safety.

For the 2016–17 school year, the San Diego Area of Governments (SANDAG) iCommute program will offer Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Mini-Grants of up to $1,500 to individual projects and programs throughout the region.

Eligible applicants include public or private K-12 schools or school districts, K-12 after school programs, or community-based organizations applying on behalf of schools.

Some examples of mini-grant projects include contests that reward students for walking, riding or skating to school; events such as a walking school bus or bike train program; and school murals or art projects that promote active transportation.

In 2015, the program funded 16 projects and events.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. April 22. Complete details on eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation, selection criteria and timelines are available at Applicants can also call 511 and say “school” for more information.

Completed applications should be submitted to

The Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Program is an annual effort designed to raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of more active forms of transportation.